Royal wedding brunch raises £1,300 for cancer charity

Raising a glass. . . Ben Dalton and Colin Anderson of Askrigg

By Betsy Everett

A brunch to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Askrigg on Saturday raised £1,301 for Breast Cancer Care. 

Around 100 people gathered in the village hall, decorated with an English country garden theme, to watch the ceremony streamed live from St George’s Chapel, Windsor.  

Anita Watson organised the event as part of a £50,000 fundraising effort for the charity that has helped her personally during the past 18 months and which offers online and telephone support and expert advice on all aspects of breast cancer.
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Askrigg and Bainbridge residents and guests enjoy the wedding celebrations.

Later the same day Karen and Stephen Lynch celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary with a garden party at their home in Askrigg, raising £623 for BCC, having invited donations in lieu of gifts.

Said Anita: “It was such a perfect day for both events and once again we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community. I’m especially grateful to Karen and Steve for thinking of the charity instead of themselves on such a special occasion.”

Askrigg residents MaryRose and Niall Kearney, who attended the brunch, had a special connection with the royal wedding as they proudly watched their grandson, Nicholas Pierce, playing his part in the ceremony as a member of the choir of St George’s Chapel.

The Breast Cancer Care helpline number is 0808 800 6000

Helen Dalton waffles away behind the scenes at Askrigg’s celebrations